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MLA for Canora-Pelly

Ken has lived in the Canora-Pelly area for all of his life. In 1972, he started his eleven year teaching career in Invermay. In 1983 he became a business owner and operated an insurance brokerage for ten years.


Ken’s long history of serving his community began when he was first elected to the Canora School Division Board of Education in 1985 and he served as chairperson for nine years.  In 1988, he was elected to the Executive of Saskatchewan School Trustees Association and served as president in 1991-92 and past president from 1993-94.   


In 1995, Ken was elected as MLA for the Canora-Pelly Constituency.  In 1997, Ken and seven other MLAs formed the Saskatchewan Party, and Ken served as the interim leader till 1998. From 1997 to 1999 Ken served as the Leader of the Saskatchewan Opposition.


Since 1998, Ken has served as Deputy Leader of the Saskatchewan Party. After his re-election in the 2007 provincial election, Premier Brad Wall appointed Ken as Deputy Premier and Minister of Education.  In June 2010, Premier Wall appointed him Minister of Finance and Ken remained as Deputy Premier.


Ken’s extensive dedication and volunteer work has earned him several awards including the Canada 125 Award; the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; the Centennial Medal and the Award of Excellence from the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council’s Ukrainian Nation Builders Award.  In 2009, the President of Ukraine awarded Ken with Ukraine’s highest honour - the Order of Kniaz (King) Yaroslav the Wise.


During his tenure as Deputy Premier, Ken has been instrumental in developing relationships with Ukraine and recognizing the importance of the Ukrainian community in Saskatchewan.


His proudest moment to date as an MLA was receiving unanimous support in the Saskatchewan Legislature for the Bill commemorating the Holodomor Genocide. This genocide was perpetrated against the Ukrainian nation in the 1930s.


Ken and Gail have two children: their son Bryce and his wife Olivia reside in Yorkton with grandchildren Willow and Scarlett, and their daughter Lindsay and her partner Barney reside in Calgary.

Contact Information (Minister's Office):

Telephone Number: (306) 787-6060
Room 312, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3



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